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Varese

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Varese is a city and comune in north-western Lombardy, northern Italy, 55km north of Milan.It is the capital of the Province of Varese. The hinterland or urban part of the city is called Varesotto.GeographyThe city of Varese lies at the feet of Sacro Monte di Varese, part of the Campo dei Fiori mountain range, that hosts an astronomical observatory, as well as the Prealpino Geophysical Centre. The village which is in the middle of the mountain is called Santa Maria del Monte because of the medieval sanctuary, which is reached through the avenue of the chapels of the Sacred Mountain. Varese is situated on seven hills: the San Pedrino Hill, the Giubiano Hill, the Campigli Hill, the Sant'Albino Hill, the Biumo Superiore Hill, Colle di Montalbano (Villa Mirabello) and the Hill of Miogni. The city also looks over Lake Varese.ClimateVarese's winters are less mitigated by the proximity of the Lago Maggiore and of the minor lakes surrounding it. Low temperatures in the late autumn and winter frequently go down a few degrees below zero (Celsius). This differentiates it from areas south of the city. As in other cities in the foothills of Lombardy, fog is an infrequent phenomenon. Varese is on average cooler than other cities of the Lombard Prealps, especially in winter. The rainfall of Varese is among the highest in Italy, with more than 1500mm of annual average. In winter, snow falls quite frequently, especially in January (about 50cm per year).
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Religious Site
Sacro Monte Unesco di Varese
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Duration: 3 hours
Biking Trail
Lake Varese Bicycle Trail
4.3
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Garden
Palazzo e Giardini Estensi
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Art Gallery
Villa e Collezione Panza
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min

Hidden gems in Varese

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Biking Trail
Pista Ciclopedonale del lago di Comabbio
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min
Specialty Museum
Museo Baroffio e del Santuario del Sacro Monte Sopra Varese
4.9
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Specialty Museum
Casa Museo Lodovico Pogliaghi
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Mountain
poncione di Ganna
4.9
Duration: 1h 30 min

Side trips from Varese

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Architectural Building
Villa del Balbianello Tremezzina
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Duration: 1h 30 min
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Water Body
Lago di Como Lombardy
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Duration: 4 hours
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Art Gallery
Palazzo Borromeo Isola Bella
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Duration: 2h 30 min
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Water Body
Lake Orta Orta San Giulio
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Duration: 1h 30 min

Historic Sites in Varese

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Church
Chiesa di Sant'Antonio Abate
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Duration: 30 minutes
Church
Chiesa dei Frati Cappuccini
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Duration: 30 minutes
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Church
Chiesa di Santo Stefano
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Duration: 1h 30 min
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Religious Site
Cripta romanica del Sacro Monte
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min

Museums in Varese

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History Museum
Museo Castiglioni
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Duration: 1h 30 min
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Natural History Museum
Musei Civici di Villa Mirabello
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Duration: 1h 30 min
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Specialty Museum
Sala Veratti
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Duration: 1h 30 min
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Specialty Museum
Museo Tattile Varese
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Duration: 1h 30 min

Parks in Varese

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Park
Villa Toeplitz
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Duration: 2h 30 min
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Religious Site
Sacro Monte Unesco di Varese
4.7
Duration: 3 hours
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Architectural Building
Villa Esengrini Montalbano
4.9
Duration: 1h 30 min
Observatory
Campo dei Fiori Astronomical Observatory
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Duration: 1h 30 min
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Spa
Spas
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Duration: 1h 30 min

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